Went to the bay and had a really great lunch at Lol Ha. Because we were customers we got access to convenient parking and the beach. The view was pretty, but there are now so many buoy lines in the water it's visually distracting and access to the water is confusing. We swam in the designated, small, NO snorkeling area and were approached by the 'turtle police' on kayaks each time we came close to the buoy lines. We never got within 5 feet of the line or tried to 'make a break for it', so I found it a bit annoying. No one is allowed to head out to the reef to snorkel without paying for a tour. One operator quoted me $45 per person, but I didn't shop around. You must use their equipment, wear a life vest, stay with their guide and you get 1 hour total. I'm all for saving the turtles, but I'd feel more confident in their intentions if they just shut down snorkeling instead of seeming to try and make a buck. We'll be back for the food and the view, but will be looking for new swimming and snorkeling options. I don't know if it's true, but the operator told me they only allow 145 people out a day? If you want to make the trip to see the turtles, you might want to check on that so you're not disappointed.
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